Iran to form naval alliance
Iranian Army’s navy commander says the Islamic Republic and several other countries, including Persian Gulf states, plan to form a naval alliance in the near future. Rear Admiral, Shahram Irani, said the states that take part in the alliance include the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar, Iraq, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia. He did not give more details about the plan, but he said countries in the region have today realized their cooperation will bring regional peace and security. Iran has recently been trying to mend its strained ties with several Persian Gulf Arab states. The UAE resumed formal relations with Iran last year. And in March, Saudi Arabia and Iran ended seven years of ruptured ties under a China-mediated deal.
Erdogan new term
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has taken the oath of office for a new term after winning a historic runoff election last week. During a ceremony at the parliament in Ankara, Erdogan pledged to safeguard the existence and independence of Turkey, saying he would fulfill his duties impartially. The Turkish president is set to name his cabinet members later on Saturday. He is expected to signal a change in his approach to economic policy. He says inflation is Turkey’s most urgent issue to be addressed. Erdogan is Turkey's longest-serving leader. He won more than 52 percent of the ballots in the May 28 runoff election, extending his rule into a third decade.
Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, says his country is ready to launch its long-awaited counter-offensive against Russia. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Zelensky said he hopes Ukrainian troops will be able to take back territories lost to Russian forces. He added, a counteroffensive to reclaim territory will change the dynamics of the war. The remarks came weeks after Zelensky said he was still waiting for more western ammunition and weapons to start the counteroffensive. Recently, he also embarked on a diplomatic mission for more western support. Kiev has already intensified its attacks inside Russia as well as Russian-held regions using artillery and drones. And, on Friday, Russian forces struck Kiev for a sixth day in a row.